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National HIV Testing Day

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Each year on June 27, the Indian Health Service observes National HIV Testing Day to highlight the importance of HIV testing. Knowing your HIV status helps you choose options to stay healthy. The IHS recommends that everyone 13 years and older should get tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care. People should get tested more often when they have had more than one sex partner or are having sex with someone whose sexual history they don’t know. Some sexually active gay and bisexual men may benefit from more frequent testing (e.g., every 3 to 6 months).

Click here to Find HIV Services Near You or ask for an HIV test at your local IHS, tribal, or urban Indian clinic. You can also text the words “Native Test” to 55251 or visit the I Want The Kit website for HIV and STI self-sample, a mail-based program for confidential testing. The IHS supports these programs with resources from the Minority HIV/AIDS Fund.

For more information on IHS and our HIV Program, please click here